Camels cruise to 69-33 Education Day win over Saint Augustine's

Caroline Bowns
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Caroline Bowns (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team cruised to a 69-33 win over Saint Augustine's University in the Camels' seventh-annual Education Day game in front 2,851 area elementary school students, teachers and fans. Caroline Bowns and Summer Price led the Camel (4-3) offense with 12 points apiece.

Taya Bolden pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, the most boards in a single game for a Camel this season. Brianna Cribb fell just short of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Breanna Foster scored nine points on three three-pointers while MaKala Rouse had seven points to go with five rebounds and three assists.

Already holding a 24-point lead at the half, the Camels tallied their first 30-point advantage of the game on a Tiffany Daniel layup that made the score 48-18 with 3:46 to go in the third period. Ja'Yon Leak broke a nearly three minute SAU (3-8) scoring drought with a bucket in the ensuing possession and the Falcons trailed 50-24 heading to the fourth.

Following a Maiya Gibson three, the Camels scored seven-straight points to take a 61-27 lead with 4:49 left to play. CU's advantage was still 34 with a Daniel free throw with 2:18 showing on the clock before St. Aug's scored its final points of the contest on a Kiana Clark layup 50 seconds later. Two free throws by Alyshia Allison and one last Daniel layup sent Campbell away with the 36-point victory.

The Camels held the Falcons to just .236 shooting from the field (13-of-55) while shooting .403 themselves (25-for-62). It was the fifth game of the season Campbell surpassed the .400 mark from the floor. CU out-rebounded SAU 55-28, the largest rebound margin of the season, and out-scored St. Aug's 30-12 in the paint.

Campbell jumped out to a quick 11-0 advantage three minutes into the game with the help of early three's from Rouse and Foster. Kaaiya Williams put the Falcons on the board midway through the first period, but a 12-1 run to finish the opening frame put the Camels up 23-3 at the first intermission. It was lowest scoring period for any Camel opponent this season.

Gibson opened the second period scoring with a layup, but the Camels responded with a 7-0 run to take a 30-5 lead with 7:10 on the clock. The score was 32-10 before Bowns connected on back-to-back three's to put CU up 38-10 with 3:19 to play before halftime. St. Aug's held Campbell off the scoreboard for the remainder of the second but only could add four points to its tally as the Camels led 38-14 at the half.

Gibson and Leak each led the Falcons with 10 points each while Clark scored nine and had a team-high six rebounds. Bowns scored all 12 points on four three-pointers to match her career-high tally from earlier this season at Mercer. Price scored nine of her 12 points in the third quarter. Kelly Post dished out a career-high two assists in the fourth period while Bria Emanuel pulled down five rebounds and scored four points off the bench.

In one of the quicker turnarounds of the season, the Camels will return to action Thursday (Dec. 15) on the road at USC Upstate. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.